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Every year in December, Christmas enthusiasts across the UK put on their silliest, funniest, and prettiest Christmas jumpers to celebrate Christmas Jumper Day. And, apart from brightening up your regular Friday at the office, the Christmas Jumper Day has a much more noble purpose. This year, our team members have put on their best jumpers in an effort to support the initiative.
Part of our Chatham Team and little Frankie rocking their Christmas Jumpers.
Christmas Jumper Day is an annual fundraising initiative organised by Save the Children. The campaign encourages people to "make the world better with a sweater" by wearing a Christmas jumper and making a donation to the charity.
Darren Wilmshurst and Radtac had the great chance to run a Q&A session with Dean Leffingwell, creator of the Scaled Agile Framework®. Dean’s answers on SAFe® updates, implementation advice, challenges, and more are captured in a series of blog posts and short videos. This is the second part of the series - view the first part here.
In this second episode of our ‘10 Questions with Dean Leffingwell’ series, I’m talking to Dean about what he sees as the major challenges for implementing SAFe in an organisation.
Dean Leffingwell, Entrepreneur, Author, CEO of Scaled Agile Inc. and creator of the Scaled Agile Framework® makes a rare visit to the UK. I’ve had the great chance to spend a day with Dean and Radtac, where we engaged in a series of events.
A New Year arises, we’re back to work, and have deliberated a dry January - but it’s not all doom and gloom. The cold weather and train strikes could not prevent a mass of like-minded people from attending our first ‘Stand Up and Talk Agile’ Open mic meetup of 2017.
Carrying on with the success from previous meetups, we kick-started the session with one open mic slot, and were dazzled in exchange with a generous selection of four thought-provoking talks. Loosely focused around motivating teams, each talk brought new insights that naturally fuelled further discussions and learning.
Nevil Wharton, our very welcoming host for the evening at the Hiscox venue, was first to take to the stage. He discussed the positive impacts that adopting Agile ways of working has had on his team, and the ripple effect this has had on the organisation. He shared the three key ingredients which led to a truly motivated team.
On September 21st, I had the honour to be the host of our first Agile open mic night, held in partnership with HPE.
At Radtac, we think that by being part of a community, we can all share ideas, challenges, and learn from each other. We’re focused on doing whatever we can to support the community and bring our contribution to it.
That is why it makes perfect sense to us to host an open mic-style Agile Meetup, where people would be encouraged to share ideas within a safe environment of friends and peers, whilst being enabled to grow and shine.
Just like every year, once we're past summer, we are facing a busy schedule of events in the Agile space. In this blog post, we are listing several of these key events, where we hope to see some of you.
If you plan to attend or know of other events, drop us a line in the comments section.
This year’s fantastic SAFe Leadership Retreat was hosted in the mountainous setting of Canmore, Alberta, Canada, at the beginning of May. It was the second edition of the retreat, after last year’s inaugural event in Crieff, Scotland.
The SAFe Leadership Retreat is an event where practitioners, change agents, coaches, consultants, and managers have the opportunity to come together, and share in-depth experiences and ideas about the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).
Equipped with my graphic board, pens, sunglasses and shorts I set sail for the Scrum Gathering in Orlando. Having attended two awesome gatherings in the past, the bar was set high - however, I was far from disappointed.
From the offset, co-chairs Anu Smalley and Kate Megaw knocked it out of the park by entering the stage to the sound of 'Starman' by David Bowie, whilst wearing convincing spacesuits complete with helmets. This was their genius way of setting the Gathering’s theme 'Infinity and Beyond: Transforming the World of Work'. With three tracks on offer, ranging from beginner ('Mission Control'), intermediate ('Orbiting the Earth'), to advanced levels ('Agile Galaxy'), there were more than enough sessions to choose from for all 1100 attendees. Let’s not forget that this was the largest Scrum Gathering so far.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the time when we put on Christmas jumpers instead of office apparel, when our office gets a nice festive makeover, and when we all go for mince pies and mulled wine after work. It’s Christmas.
In case you ever wondered, there’s more to our Christmas traditions than the above, and that’s because we have colleagues from different parts of the world. Moreover, our consultants add more to the ‘international Christmas’ each time they travel around the world, observing Christmas traditions in other cultures.
For this festive season, we want to tell you a little more about how we celebrate Christmas around Radtac. We’ve all learnt more about each other’s traditions - now we want to share them with you, hoping you’ll write back to us saying how you celebrate.